posted on Mar, 14 2012 @ 08:34 AM
I've known alot of masons, black and white. they have always been friendly helpful people to me at least. People are way too paranoid I think. Albert
Pike is a good example. I like to camp in Arkansas at Albert Pike campground. its a gorgeous place. I started to wonder who he was. So of course I
found sites like ATS and others that called him a Luceferian and a Satanist and how he has this plan for world domination etc. etc. Then one day I
found an old copy of morals and dogma at a bookstore and decided to read it myself. Its not an easy read, but there are very profound statements he
makes that would hardly come from a satanist. So I recommend it to anyone to read. Here is a couple excerpts I found particularly relevant to todays
Albert Pike - Morals and Dogma, Chapter Three
States are chiefly avaricious of commerce and of territory. The latter leads to the violation of treaties, encroachments upon feeble neighbors, and
rapacity toward their wards whose lands are coveted. Republics are, in this, as rapacious and unprincipled as Despots, never learning from history
that inordinate expansion by rapine and fraud has its inevitable consequences in dismemberment or subjugation. When a republic begins to plunder its
neighbors, the words of doom are already written on its walls. There is a judgment already pronounced of God upon whatever is unrighteous in the
conduct of national affairs. When civil war tears the vitals of a Republic, let it look back and see if it has not been guilty of injustices; and if
it has, let it humble itself in the dust!
When a nation becomes possessed with a spirit of commercial greed, beyond those just and fair limits set by a due regard to a moderate and reasonable
degree of general and individual prosperity, it is a nation possessed by the devil of commercial avarice, a passion as ignoble and demoralizing as
avarice in the individual; and as this sordid passion is baser and more unscrupulous than ambition, so is it more hateful, and at last makes the
infected nation to be regarded as the enemy of the human race. To grasp at a lion’s share of the commerce, has always at last proven to be the ruin
of States, because it invariably leads to injustices that make a State detestable; to a selfishness and crooked policy that forbid other nations to be
the friends of a State that cares only for itself.
A war for a great principle ennobles a nation. A war for commercial supremacy, upon some shallow pretext, is despicable, and more than aught else
demonstrates to what immeasurable depths of baseness men and nations can descend. Commercial greed values the lives of men no more than it values the
lives of ants...
And another even better one.
Albert Pike – Morals and Dogma, Chapter Seven
Masonry, by its teachings, endeavors to restrain men from the commission of injustice and acts of wrong and outrage. Though it does not endeavor to
usurp the place of religion, still its code of morals proceeds upon other principles than the municipal law; and it condemns and punishes offences
which neither that law punishes nor public opinion condemns. In the Masonic law, to cheat and overreach in trade, at the bar, in politics, are deemed
no more venial than theft; nor a deliberate lie than perjury; nor slander than robbery; nor seduction than murder.
Especially it condemns those wrongs of which the doer induces another to partake. He may repent; he may, after agonizing struggles, regain the path of
virtue; his spirit may reachieve its purity through much anguish, after many strifes; but the weaker fellow-creature whom he led astray, whom he made
a sharer in his guilt, but whom he cannot make a sharer in his repentance and amendment, whose downward course (the first step of which he taught) he
cannot check, but is compelled to witness,--what forgiveness of sins can avail him there? There is his perpetual, his inevitable punishment, which no
repentance can alleviate, and no mercy can remit.
I don't think anyone could possibly say he was an evil man when you read some of his thoughts.